Chair: Jean Kiernan
Program Coordinator: Karla Wessels
The Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training is offered to students who desire to either enter the work environment or to pursue graduate education in this field. Certified Athletic Trainers work under the direct supervision of a licensed physician and perform a wide variety of services to the physically active population. Their core responsibilities include: 1) injury/illness prevention and recognition; 2) clinical evaluation and diagnosis of injury/illness; 3) immediate care of injury/illness; 4) treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of injury/illness; 5) organization and administration; and 6) professional responsibility. This program will require some off campus travel to various clinical sites. Successful completion of this program will allow the student to be eligible for national certification examination administered by the Board of Certification. Students interested in this major should contact the Athletic Training Program Director for more information and other requirements regarding the program.
(B.S. degree) A total of 50 to 51 semester hours required. Major courses include: KHS185, 216, 271, 273, 275, 277, 279, 281, 285, 287, 304, 306, 320, 387, 390, 395, 400, 403, 407, 423, and 450 (47 credit hours). As well, allied courses required for this major include: BIO 100 (3 credit hours) or BIO 111 (4 credit hours).
Those interested in the Athletic Training Program will begin the application process and pre-requisites to be admitted to the program during their first semester. The application process consists of submitting a portfolio, fulfilling academic requirements, and completing program requirements, technical standards and health care standards (see below).
A student must complete the application process in order to be considered for acceptance into the Athletic Training Program. Completion of the application process does not guarantee admission into the Athletic Training Program. Students not accepted into the Athletic Training Program can continue their education in another major of the Kinesiology and Health Studies Department. Students are not officially admitted until the spring semester of their second year upon successful completion of all requirements.
Athletic Training Program Portfolio
The completed program portfolio must be submitted to the Director of the Athletic Training Program by the end of the working day the last day of the Fall Semester of the academic year of application. It must contain all of the following information at the time it is submitted.
High School/College Transcript/ACT/SAT Scores: Transfer students must submit an official copy of transcripts from all college/universities attended. Transcripts can be sent directly to the Director of the Athletic Training Program from the respective institution. Students who began their first year in the Kinesiology and Health Studies department must submit an official copy of transcripts from all high schools attended in addition to a copy of either ACT or SAT scores. These transcripts can be sent directly to the Director of the Athletic Training Program from the respective institution also.
Three Letters of Recommendation: Letters are to be typewritten from an employer, coach, high school teacher, college professor, or administrator. They should be in a sealed envelope with the reference’s name written across the seal or sent directly to the Director of the Athletic Training Program. Letters from personal physicians or relatives will not be accepted.
Statement of Career Plans and Goals: Explain in a one page statement on why you chose athletic training as a profession and your career plans and goals after you complete your undergraduate education.
Resume of Work Experience: This should include high school/college education, work experience, athletic training related experiences, organizations, offices held, sports, honors, awards, hobbies, etc.
Immunization Records: Supply documentation of updated immunization records confirmed by a physician. Records must include update on MMR, TD, document the year chicken pox were contracted, and the complete series of the hepatitis B vaccine.
Athletic Training Program Academic Requirements
Cumulative GPA: The student must demonstrate by official college records, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0 at the end of the fall semester of the academic year of application. To be accepted into the Athletic Training Program, the student must be enrolled in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Students accepted into the Athletic Training Program must meet academic retention standards.
Credit Hours: The student must have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours of college credit before applying to the program.
Athletic Training Pre-requisite Course Work: Completion of Biology (BIO 111, Fall Semester) and Care and Prevention of Athletic Training Injuries (KHS 216). A student must earn a B or better in these athletic training pre-requisite courses.
Athletic Training Program Requirements
CPR/First Aid Certification: The student must possess current certification in CPR and First Aid and be able to show proof (their card) in order to be considered for admission to the program. A First Aid, CPR, and Sport Safety class (KHS 180, Fall and Spring Semesters) is offered through the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies as a recommended course, but is not required. Certification can be obtained by other means than this course.
Interview: A formal interview will be conducted with each applicant during the Fall Semester of the academic year of application with the Athletic Training Program Admission Committee.
Technical Standards Guidelines
The Technical Standards Guidelines embody the physical, cognitive, and attitudinal abilities an Entry-Level Athletic Trainer must be able to demonstrate in order to function in a broad variety of clinical situations; and to render a wide spectrum of care to individuals engaged in physical activities and sports. The Guidelines serve to recognize abilities essential to the development of Entry-Level abilities. Further, the Guidelines reflect the necessary and required skills and abilities for the Entry-Level Athletic Trainer as detailed by the NATA Education Council Education Competencies and Proficiencies and the BOC Role Delineation Study.
All students are required to meet the Technical Standards and Health Care Standards for the Athletic Training Program.
a) No person, on the grounds of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or sexual orientation shall be excluded from participation in; be denied the proceeds of or benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to the discrimination in performance of this educational program.
b) Each prospective athletic training student must sign a Technical Standards Statement to acknowledge the request/declination for assistance for their enrollment/success in the Athletic Training Program. Any student requiring assistance must register with the Counseling Services Office.
c) If a student requests assistance for their enrollment/success in the Athletic Training Program through the 1) Technical Standards form and/or 2) their Health Assessment, they will be referred to the Counseling Services Office for consultation.
Health Care Standards
Each student accepted into the professional phase of the Athletic Training Program must complete a health history questionnaire and provide a copy of immunization histories to submit for review to the Medical Director of the Athletic Training Program.
Once accepted, each student must demonstrate proof of a physical examination within the past twelve months of being accepted into the Athletic Training Program for review by the Medical Director of the Athletic Training Program.
Immunization Records: Students are required to provide documentation of current and up-to-date immunizations. These include documentation of the following:
- MMR 2 doses, one of which should be after 18 months of age
- DPT primary series with a Td booster in the last 10 years
- A positive history of varicella or a positive titer is required. If an athletic training student is susceptible, vaccination will be required.
- Hepatitis-B vaccination with subsequent documentation of a positive Hepatitis B surface antibody response or a statement of declination.
Physical Examination: Upon acceptance into the professional phase the student is required to provide documentation of a physical exam to meet the Technical Standards of the Athletic Training Program. This physical exam may be completed by the student’s personal physician or the Medical Director of the Athletic Training Program. If the physical exam is completed by the student’s personal physician, the student’s file must be reviewed and approved by the Medical Director of the Athletic Training Program.
A prospective athletic training student will not perform directed observation experiences if an illness/injury affects the clinical setting. This is to be determined by a medical physician or the supervising BOC certified athletic trainer.
The prospective athletic training student must demonstrate proof of return to school for return to directed observation experiences from any significant illness or injury. This is to be documented by a medical physician.
Injury/Illness: A prospective athletic training student will not perform observation experiences if an illness/injury affects the patient in the clinical setting. This is to be determined by the Medical Director of the Athletic Training Program, another medical physician, or ACI/CI. The prospective athletic training student must be cleared by the Medical Director of the Athletic Training Program for return to clinical experience from any significant illness or injury. The Medical Director of the Athletic Training Program has the final authority for return to observation experiences while applying to the Athletic Training Program at Georgetown College.
In this situation, the prospective student must notify the Director of the Athletic Training Program.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|BIO100 or BIO111||KHS185|
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|